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OTTAWA -- Former U.S. president Barack Obama has waded into the Canadian election, offering an unusual cross-border endorsement of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau with five days left in the campaign.
“I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term,” said Obama in a tweet sent Wednesday.
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Twitter hails Obama-Trudeau 'bromance'
With photos emerging in this campaign of Trudeau wearing blackface and brownface, the Liberal Leader’s reputation as a progressive leader on the world stage has taken a hit.
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This backing from a major international figure will likely be seen by the Liberals as a welcome message that will reach progressive voters in Canada, a key bloc Trudeau is still pushing to lock down by Oct. 21, amid an NDP surge in the polls.
Trudeau and Obama had a strong working relationship when Obama was president, and the pair have remained friendly since, publicizing their social outings in recent years, including just months before the election was called at an Ottawa brewery when Obama was in town for a speaking event hosted by the Liberal-linked Canada 2020.
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Obama invited Trudeau to a star-studded state dinner at the White House in 2016. It was the first U.S. state dinner held for a Canadian prime minister since 1997, and Obama made a toast to “the friendship between...
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